The Magic of the Blues
I am grateful for blueberries.
Sweet or not, these berries are a gift.
They are emerging in the fields of Marigold Moon, mountain paths, and on the shores of local lakes and ponds.
I like picking them for countless reasons, but I always remember to save some for other inhabitants, both wild and otherwise. This is aligned with the wildcrafter's promise and code.
Blueberries can be used fresh, frozen, or dried/dehydrated. If they have any greenish or red hue, they are not ready. Wait and pick them when they are very dark-colored.
I make mouth-watering blueberry jam. Everything else is an extra gift.
Then there are the leaves. You can use them fresh or dried. I prefer to gather them when the leaves turn reddish in the autumn to add to a tea blend or create an extract.
Blueberries help treat neurodegenerative diseases, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, and help with allergy-related inflammation.
The leaves are high in antioxidants (more than the fruit itself)and a whole lot of other benefits.
The simple act of picking them on a bright, warm summer day is its own form of healing.
So Much Love